Palladium Execution Premium ProcessTM (XPP)
Our powerful Execution Premium Process—the XPP—was developed by Drs. Robert S. Kaplan and David P. Norton and their Palladium colleagues, the world¹s leading experts on linking strategy to operations for sustainable performance.
We've used the XPP as a management platform to help hundreds of organizations worldwide to:
- Clarify strategy by establishing their vision and mission, articulating how the organization will differentiate itself from competitors and create new value for stakeholders, mapping the cause-and-effect linkages behind the strategy, and using tools to report progress on their strategy execution.
- Drive performance by managing strategic initiatives; linking the strategy to operational planning, budgeting, and forecasting processes; strengthening financial consolidation processes; reporting performance results; and allocating resources dynamically.
- Optimize data by leveraging business intelligence and analytical tools and technology to gather the right data; drawing the most valuable insights from it; and making timely, well-informed business decisions.
Holistic, practical, and proven, the XPP ensures that your key business processes, operations, and technologies support your strategy.
Only the XPP creates and reinforces the linkages between strategy, people, processes, and data—repairing the fragmentation that impairs execution in so many organizations.
Palladium is the only firm that offers its clients a complete strategy execution system—a system supported by our heritage of innovative thought leadership and practical implementation expertise. And we've used this distinctive competence to help organizations in every industry, in every part of the world, achieve their own execution premiums.
The Six Stages
The Execution Premium Process is based on the Kaplan-Norton Strategy Management System™, a comprehensive management model designed to address one of management’s greatest challenges: linking strategy formulation and planning with operational execution. It consists of six major stages:
- Develop the Strategy – Your organization must be able to state exactly what business you’re in, identify the key issues you face, and determine how best to compete. Developing the strategy uses an array of strategy tools such as mission, values, and vision statements; external competitive, economic, and environmental analyses; methodologies such as Michael Porter’s five forces and competitive positioning framework, the resource-based view of strategy, and blue ocean strategies, as well as scenario planning, dynamic simulations, and war-gaming.
- Translate the Strategy – Your organization must be willing to develop strategic objectives, measures, targets, initiatives, and budgets that will ultimately guide action and resource allocation. You’ll need to be able to describe your strategy, measure your plan, identify plans of action, figure out how to fund your initiatives, and decide who will lead the strategy execution process. Translating the strategy uses such tools as strategy maps and Balanced Scorecards, along with targets and strategic initiatives.
- Align the Organization – Your organization must be able to link company strategy to the strategies of individual business units while both aligning and motivating employees to optimize strategy execution. You align the organization with the strategy by cascading strategy maps and Balanced Scorecards to all organizational units, by aligning employees through a formal communications process, and by linking employees’ personal objectives and incentives to strategic objectives.
- Plan Operations – Your organization must link long-term strategy with day-to-day operations, aligning strategy with operating plans and budgets while focusing on those process improvements that are most critical to the strategy. Planning operations uses tools such as quality and process management, reengineering, process dashboards, rolling forecasts, activity-based costing, resource capacity planning, and dynamic budgeting.
- Monitor and Learn – Your organization must be committed to monitoring performance results once a strategy has been developed, planned and implemented, enabling you to determine if the strategy is being properly executed. It requires monitoring and learning about problems, barriers, and challenges. This process integrates information about operations and strategy into a carefully designed structure of management review meetings.
- Test and Adapt – Your organization must also test fundamental strategic assumptions to determine if you, indeed, do have the right strategy. This involves testing and adapting the strategy, using internal operational data and new external environmental and competitive data—thus launching a new cycle of integrated strategy planning and operational execution.
By adopting this fluid, closed-loop system, your chances of achieving an execution premium improve measurably.
Execution Premium Assessment™ (XPA)
Building on years of strategy execution experience and this six-stage model, Palladium has further developed an Execution Premium Assessment™ (XPA) to help companies understand the performance gap between where they are and where they want to be. XPA uses a proprietary algorithm to show cause and affect relationships between drivers of performance and performance results. As well, XPA can show organizations how their performance compares to high performing companies globally.
XPA helps our clients execute their strategies successfully, allocate resources efficiently, and improve decision making with insight based on data they can trust. The Kaplan-Norton approach is a proven model that helps our clients achieve their own execution premiums. Contact us so that we can help you to achieve yours.